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Desktop Virtualization

Project Plan

Our project plan is continuously being updated. Please check back often for more detailed updates. 

Phase I (November 2011 - January 2012)

Phase I of the project is complete. We were able to implement 268 virtual desktops in these areas:

  • Management Information Systems / Computer Science 
    Courses in these programs are using Virtual Desktops and it has been successful. Check out some of the testimonials on this site to see what professors and students have to say. 
  • Coyne Science Center Addition
    The computing facilities located in the new Science Center Addition are the first academic spaces on campus to benefit from Virtual Desktop technology. We introduced Thin Clients in these labs, one of the many devices that can run virtual desktops. Every classroom in the new building is equipped with a thin client in the teaching station as well. This allows the professors teaching in these classrooms to take advantage of the benefits of virtual desktops. 

Phase II (March 2012 - August 2012)

Our goal during this phase is to deploy 200 virtual desktops.

  • Academic Computing Labs
    In this phase we would like to introduce virtual desktops in some of our currently existing computing facilities. 
  • Department Discussions
    This will be a combination of faculty and staff that have been identified as benefiting the most from moving to desktop virtualization. We would like the community to participate in various discussions about which areas this applies to. 

Phase III (September 2012 - February 2013)

Our goal during this phase is to deploy 200 virtual desktops.

  • Ongoing Department Discussions
    We will continue to identify the areas that benefit from this technology the most and develop a schedule to move the rest of the campus to virtual desktops. 

Phase IV (March 2013 - August 2013)

Our goal during this phase is to deploy 200 virtual desktops. 

Phase V (September 2013 - February 2014)

Our goal during this phase is to deploy 300 virtual desktops.